The Divine Comedy: The John Ciardi Translation

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This single volume, blank verse translation of The Divine Comedy includes an introduction, maps of Dante's Italy, Hell, Purgatory, Geocentric Universe, and political panorama of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century, diagrams and notes providing the reader with invaluable guidance.
Described as the "fifth gospel" because of its evangelical purpose, this spiritual autobiography creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. It ...
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The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso (John Ciardi Translation)

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Overview

This single volume, blank verse translation of The Divine Comedy includes an introduction, maps of Dante's Italy, Hell, Purgatory, Geocentric Universe, and political panorama of the thirteenth and early fourteenth century, diagrams and notes providing the reader with invaluable guidance.
Described as the "fifth gospel" because of its evangelical purpose, this spiritual autobiography creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. It is one of the most important works in the literature of Western Europe and is considered the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393044720
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1977
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 602
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 in Florence to a family of minor nobility. He entered into Florentine politics in 1295, but he and his party were forced into exile in a hostile political climate in 1301. Taking asylum in Ravenna late in life, Dante completed his Divine Commedia, considered one of the most important works of Western literature, before his death in 1321.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Wonderful, But....

    We are reading this translation of The Inferno in class (translated by J.C.), and it is wonderful.

    However, I am confused Barnes and Noble......

    Are you allowing for the same comments that are posted on one translation to be automatically posted on all the other versions? This isn't helpful, because readers may wish to compare one translation to another by reading the reviews...... That's what I was trying to do, to see which version of The Divine Comedy I wished to buy, but couldn't. I realize that I should probably post this in some forum online, and I will eventually. And of course, what I could be seeing is the result of spammers, but I don't think this is likely.

    Anyway, I absolutely believe that this is a wonderful translation and would highly recommend it.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2006

    dante is great, ciardi is not

    i have read a different translation of dante's inferno and found it to be nothing short of amazing. this translation, however, is nothing more than a glorified 'spark notes' translation. much is lost in ciardi's extremely over simplified translation. i would suggest this to a high school freshman who just wants to get though it. to a well-read student of literature, though, this reading is unfulfilling and meaningless.

    9 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    it depends...

    how you like John Ciardi's version depends on whether you want an easier ead or not. he gives you a summary of the canto in the Inferno that i read by him which was very helpful for my first time, but he does leave out some details to make it more simple. if you want the more complex versions that involve a better translation, i would go for a different translater.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2009

    EBOOK SCAM

    Do not buy the eBook. It is not the John Ciardi translation.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    Excellent translaton

    I have read The Divine Comedy two times before, with difficulty, although it is a great story. This translation is the best I have seen, making this classic much easier to understand and stick with. My 14 year old granddaughter asked me about the book and was my incentive to buy it and read it again. To understand the characters you do have to keep flipping back and forth from the footnotes and the text, so to make it easier for her I have written the footnotes along the sides of the pages where they belong. So much mythology and ancient ways of living are incorporated into the book that it makes today's children uninterested in reading it because of the research needed. But as a classic it is worth the work and very stimulating to try to understand. Don't know if this makes any sense to you or not, but again a great translation.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    The Greatest piece of classic liturature.

    I must say that Dante has gone past the norm of classical lit. He takes you through a world beyond what we can comprehend. He shows us what happens after our life. Written during his own last days he brings a whole new thinking to the after-life by allowing us to visualize what these places are like. I recommend this to everyone. A GREAT PIECE OF LITURATURE!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2007

    Really Divine

    As a freshman in High school, I fully uderstood what Dante, one of the greatest Italian poet, was reaching out for to say. And to who said it wasn't wonderful, you may want to do research on Catholicism, which Dante was a Catholic!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Dante = God

    Dante is not only one of the best poets of all time, he is also one of the hardest to translate. Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, Dante is one of the authors you leave to higher reading levels.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

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    Although extremely dense, Dante's Divine Comedy is an incredible work of imagination and biblical scripture knowledge.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    Amazing read.

    This translation is awesome, it has plain english part and then the poetry parts. So anyone can enjoy the book and understand what is going on. A great buy, you will be glad you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Ciardi's notes are a blessing

    Reading this alone would make your head spin. Although it's a little difficult at times, if you're really into it you could do some research on your own besides what Ciardi does. It makes the reading so much easier to understand. Not for the general audience, though. It takes a lot of patience and will to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2000

    A Wonderful Classic

    'The Divine Comedy' describes a poet's journey through Heaven and Hell. It begins with the poet becoming lost and being found by Virgil, a Roman poet, who offers to show him through Hell to see all the punishments of the sinners, and then on to Purgatory. After Purgatory he is met by Beatrice, his love, who leads him through Paradise, and shows him all the blessed souls, including the Virgin Mary. <P> 'The Divine Comedy' is a very good, but difficult book to read. Dante accomplishes his goal of showing the reader around the after-world using very descriptive poetry. The detail is excellent and creates very good imagery. However, the language is difficult and it makes the book much harder to read. I recommend this book highly, but be sure to have a lot of time to read it.

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